No jokes. I consume at least five of these foods every SINGLE day. Who would have thought these seemingly innocent and even healthy foods could be the reason for your belly bloat?
There are some foods you know straight away that you’re going to regret eating – the foods that are so thick, so gooey, so creamy that they are impossible to resist (and often impossible to stop eating after just a few bites).
But none of these foods make this list. These foods are actually quite healthy and great for you, in moderation. But if you have to squeeze into a special dress this weekend or if you know you’re going to be bikini-ing it up poolside and don’t want to feel bloated, then maybe limit your intake.
NOOOOOOO! Please, not coffee. But, alas, coffee is acidic and can irritate and cause immediate swelling.
Why is popcorn on the list? Because it’s so easy to overindulge with. Popcorn is such a lightweight snack that one serving is actually three large cups, this is going to take up a lot of space in your belly, causing a temporary tummy pooch.
Garlic is jam packed with so much goodness (plus it makes food taste delicious). But if you do have an irritable bowel, it can cause bloating.
It is sometimes poorly absorbed or not absorbed at all which can cause excess water and bacteria in the gut. This can lead to a belly full of excess gas.
4. Carbonated beverages and sparkling water
We know soft drink is bad for your belly, but turns out, sparkling water can also impact your tum.
Bubbles, whether they are in a sugary soft drink or a glass of water, can inflate your belly. Guess that means gin and tonic is out of the question then…
Not all salads are treated equally. And while salad comes with countless health benefits, it can also cause temporary tummy bloating, especially as most people can fill up on a large amount of salad before even feeling slightly full.
The good thing about The Healthy Mummy recipes, however, is they offer easy portion control.
Not even kidding, certain veggies in salads such as broccoli, onions, cauliflower and cabbage, are also bloating triggers. I know right, how unfair!
7. Chewing gum
Sugar-free gum contains sugar-free alcohols which go by the names xylitol, sorbitol and mannitol. These sneaky carbs are not digested properly and can lead to bloating and cramping.
Plus, the process of chewing gum involves naturally swallowing a lot of air which can also lead to excess gas.
Bloating is something we all struggle with, regardless of our weight or body shape.
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